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Announcing Colin Peel’s Exhibition “Daily Life in Itoshima”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Daily Life in Itoshima by Colin Peel on October 26 (Thu) to 28 (Sat), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Colin Peel is essentially a figurative painter – He paints what he sees.
“Painting is rapidly becoming somewhat of an obsession in my retirement after careers in both Science and Business. The creative process is endlessly rewarding. I have had the opportunity to attend many workshops and art trips with professional artists but regard myself as an amateur artist. I did have a successful first solo exhibition and surprisingly sold 33 paintings. I have no formal art qualifications.

In May I painted many of the features of the landscape in the immediate surrounds of Studio Kura and my Australian colleagues commented on the more lyrical nature of my brushwork. I intend to continue to paint the landscape in the Autumn colours and light of October. I may also extend my work to include city scapes from within Fukuoka.
I am now a volunteer instructor teaching water colour within the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Melbourne and enjoy weekly instruction of 12 aspiring artists. It is a pleasure to see retirees enjoying the creative process.”

Here are some words from the artist himself.

I primarily paint plein air or out in the open and some such paintings are included in this exhibition. However while painting outside I was intrigued by the many local people going about their daily lives – often doing quite traditional tasks.
I asked many should they mind me taking their photograph and used this source material combined with sketches to paint small figure paintings. I aimed for simplicity in keeping with much of the Japanese sensibility – including the minimum of information to indicate the tasks being conducted.
Similarly, with my landscape painting I took a looser and more minimalist approach, sometimes even approaching the abstract.

Colin Peel “Daily Life in Itoshima”
Date: October 26 (Thursday) to 28 (Saturday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition closing party and an artist talk on 28th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Colin Peel

Colin Peel (Australia) Residence: October 2017

Colin Peel is essentially a figurative painter – He paints what he sees.

Painting is rapidly becoming somewhat of an obsession in my retirement after careers in both Science and Business. The creative process is endlessly rewarding. I have had the opportunity to attend many workshops and art trips with professional artists but regard myself as an amateur artist. I did have a successful first solo exhibition and surprisingly sold 33 paintings. I have no formal art qualifications.
I was fortunate to have a Spring Residency at Studio Kura where I continued to develop a technique of portraiture with water colour on Yupo paper – a synthetic, plastic like paper. I enjoy the contemporary look of these water colours. Some examples of this work can be seen on my Instagram site.

I also enjoy Plein Air painting with both water colour and oils but for ease of use while travelling I will focus on water colours in this residency in Japan. Capturing the light and any uniqueness in the landscape will be my aim.

In May I painted many of the features of the landscape in the immediate surrounds of Studio Kura and my Australian colleagues commented on the more lyrical nature of my brushwork. I intend to continue to paint the landscape in the Autumn colours and light of October. I may also extend my work to include city scapes from within Fukuoka.
I am now a volunteer instructor teaching water colour within the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Melbourne and enjoy weekly instruction of 12 aspiring artists. It is a pleasure to see retirees enjoying the creative process.

Colin Peel participated in the artist in residency program at Studio Kura in May 2017.

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Announcing Colin Peel’s Exhibition “Springtime – Water Colour Sketches of Itoshima and its People”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Springtime – Water Colour Sketches of Itoshima and its People by Colin Peel on May 25 (Thu) to May 27 (Sat), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Colin Peel is essentially a figurative painter – He paints what he sees.
“Painting is rapidly becoming somewhat of an obsession in my retirement after careers in both Science and Business. The creative process is endlessly rewarding. I have had the opportunity to attend many workshops and art trips with professional artists but regard myself as an amateur artist. I did have a successful first solo exhibition and surprisingly sold 33 paintings. I have no formal art qualifications.”
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Colin Peel

Colin Peel (Australia) Residence: May 2017

Colin Peel is essentially a figurative painter – He paints what he sees.

Painting is rapidly becoming somewhat of an obsession in my retirement after careers in both Science and Business. The creative process is endlessly rewarding. I have had the opportunity to attend many workshops and art trips with professional artists but regard myself as an amateur artist. I did have a successful first solo exhibition and surprisingly sold 33 paintings. I have no formal art qualifications.
During this residency, I plan to continue to develop a technique of portraiture with water colour on Yupo paper – a synthetic, plastic like paper. I enjoy the contemporary look of these water colours.

I also enjoy Plein Air painting with both water colour and oils but for ease of use while travelling I will focus on water colours in this residency in Japan. Capturing the light and any uniqueness in the landscape will be my aim. In my first foray here I was surprised by the number of power lines dotting such a neat and pristine place – I have attached this initial water colour sketch that I did yesterday morning, the third day of staying in Itoshima.

– Colin Peel’s Instagram

Announcing Colin Peel’s Exhibition at Studio Kura, May 2017
“Springtime – Water Colour Sketches of Itoshima and its People”

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